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Champs again

Emoni Narawa And Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, April 27, 2014

TALK about confidence!

Jasper Williams High School came prepared to defend its first ever Coca-Cola Games girls' title and was so confident about achieving the goal that it even printed a banner saying "2014 Coca-Cola Games Champs" in advance.

Yesterday the school from Lautoka successfully defended the girls' division title in the 2014 Fiji Finals held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Jasper Williams grabbed 10 gold, seven silver and three bronze medals to finish ahead of former champions Adi Cakobau School, which managed eight gold, 12 silver and four bronze medals.

St Joseph's Secondary School finished third with six gold and two silver medals.

In the boys division, Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) won the title for the third consecutive year with 14 gold, nine silver and 11 bronze medals.

Natabua High School finished second with 11 gold, three silver and five bronze while Queen Victoria School managed the third place on seven gold, 13 silver and four bronze medals.

Jasper Williams coach Antonio Raboiliku said they did not lose hope after trailing on the medal tally on Day One.

"On the first day we did not get away with the way we planned but I think the team managed to regather and regroup and we did things right.

"Participating and doing our best is always our main objective, winning the title is always a bonus for us like this year.

"The glory and honour goes to God and hats off to the girls for the wonderful performance. They never stopped believing that they could do it and they did it at the end."

Jasper Williams athletics team captain Miriama Naiobasali said they came with the aim of making a clean sweep in all the grades but fell short after only winning the intermediate and senior girls grades.

She said they would try to achieve the rare feat next year.

Naiobasali dedicated the win to the people of Lautoka, the Jasper family, the ex-scholars locally and around the world and the sponsors for their continued support.

Meanwhile, MBHS coach Navitalai Waiwalu said the passing away of Brother Joe Wara and former coach Vuniani Sovau inspired the boys to do well.

"That I believe boosted the boys to give their best shot. This week has been a sad week for us but I'm thankful to the boys for giving their best," Waiwalu said.

"We told the boys to enjoy their time out there, don't regret anything but give your best shot in everything you do.

"We thank the Marist family and supporters who supported the boys throughout our preparation period."

Both teams are looking forward to retaining their titles next year.

The bold Jasper Williams have already stated that "they are here to stay".

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